---- — TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Central School Green Team will host an environmental event on Saturday with help from community organizations and businesses.
From 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the LP Quinn School cafeteria, the Green Team will hold a communitywide event to raise awareness about "reducing our carbon footprint in our little neck of the woods," which is the Green Team’s mission statement.
"Our students are learning about recycling, composting and saving energy in their classrooms," the school said in a press release.
"The Green Team would like to share this knowledge and our school’s sustainability practices so that they are reinforced at home and within our community."
Part of the celebration will involve the number 350, which is "the number scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide, measured in parts per million in our atmosphere. 350 ppm is the number humanity needs to get back to in order to prevent runaway climate change," the release said.
Green Team members will host educational presentations, guided field trips to the school root cellar and compost station, art and learning activities and face-painting.
They will serve fresh fruit and vegetables donated by Shaheen’s, Grand Union, Price Chopper and Hannaford, and pizza will be available courtesy of Bima’s, Guido’s, Little Italy and Tyler’s.
Thanks to donations from the Tupper Lake Rotary and Lions clubs, a folk/reggae band will perform. The first 350 students to arrive will receive free hula-hoops, through funding from Casella Waste Management, and a coupon for a free ice-cream cone, thanks to Stewart’s and McDonalds.
In addition, the first 350 parents or community members will receive free CFL bulbs, courtesy of Community Bank, Fortune's Hardware, Tupper Lake Village Electric and ACE Hardware in Saranac Lake.
There will be 350 carrot muffins from Larkin’s to enjoy. Sheila Larkin is donating her labor, and the Tupper Lake Kiwanis Club is covering the cost of the ingredients.
Ollie the Otter from the Wild Center will also be there enjoying the festivities.
The event is free and open to the public.